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Let's chat about the Nats on Friday at 3:30 p.m. We'll cover the Winter Meetings, the free agent market, the non-tender deadline and anything else on your mind.

All done in Indianapolis

The Winter Meetings are all done, and the Nationals, of course, are happy with the progress they made. That's the predictable thing to say publicly, but in their case, how productive a week this was won't be determined for some time.

Nats will select Kroenke first in Rule 5

The Nationals will take Yankees reliever Zach Kroenke first in Thursday's Rule 5 draft and offer him back to his former team as the player to be named later in the Brian Bruney deal, according to a source familiar with discussions.

A quiet, snowy Day 3

There's no news on the Nationals' front so far today, but agent Scott Boras spoke a few minutes ago about the team signing catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Day 2 drawing to a close

Amidst doubts about their signing of Ivan Rodriguez and uncertainty about the future of catcher Jesus Flores, the Nationals confidently moved forward in their pursuit of a veteran starter.

Analysis of Pudge signing

The Nats' surprise signing of Ivan Rodriguez late last night reveals obvious concern about Jesus Flores' health (and perhaps his catching skills as well)

Nats sign Pudge Rodriguez

The Nationals have agreed with former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a two-year deal, according to a club source. The contract is believed to be worth a total of $6 million.

Wrapping up Day 1

After one day at the Winter Meetings, it appears the Nationals are going to have a busy week. They made the first trade of the session in Indianapolis, and they've entertained plenty of interest in outfielder Josh Willingham. There's also a possibility they'll get in the mix for a veteran pitchers.

Nats make the first trade

The Nationals have made the first trade of the Winter Meetings, acquiring right-handed reliever Brian Bruney from the Yankees for a player to be named later.